Westboro Baptist Church Counter-Protest

November 22, 2008
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

Saturday November 22nd, Glendale Community College will be putting on the stage version of The Laramie Project. This play is about the reaction to the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student who was tortured and killed near Laramie Wyoming for the crime of being gay.

The bigots from the Westboro Baptist Church protested both his funeral and the the trial of his killers with signs such as “God Hates Fags” and “Matt Shepard rots in Hell”.

In case anyone was still unsure how hateful and cruel these people were, they continue to travel around the country protesting at venues where this play is performed. Among other nonsense, their flier for the event says “Matt Shepard has been in Hell now for ten years, with eternity left to go on his sentence – without appeal, parole, or time off for good behavior. All else about Matt is trivial and irrelevant. You may join him soon. Deal with it.”

Fred Phelps, you bigoted old bastard, you’re a lot closer to the end than any of us are, so if there is a Hell you can say hi to him right before you get raped by your big scary devil. You say “God is not mocked”? Well rest assured, your farcical fairy tale friend will be mocked, but not half as much as your pathetic decrepit old carcass. So summon up your last vestiges of strength and hate and come on out so we can tell you what we really think of you. We’d hate to have you kick over before we got a chance to laugh in your ignorant old face. Deal with it.

Mill Avenue Resistance – November 2008

November 1, 2008
8:00 pm
November 8, 2008
8:00 pm
November 15, 2008
8:00 pm
November 22, 2008
8:00 pm
November 29, 2008
8:00 pm

Last Saturday’s event was the most lively we’ve seen in a while, due in large part to the great turnout we had on our side (including our new friend Lizard Man and his band), and in even larger part to the comical antics of our belligerent preacher friend Jeremiah.

Seeming even more agitated than usual, Jeremiah continually moved his soap box and speaker around the corner in a vain attempt to avoid us between bursts of frustrated and angry preaching. I guess he’s lucky he had us though, because Al (the other preacher with a mic that night) couldn’t seem to get people to listen to him at all where he was.

Fortunately for us there were relatively few preachers out that night, so we did a good job of overwhelming them. Unfortunately there are still many nights where they outnumber us and flood all of Mill in a sea of fundamentalist Christian propaganda pamphlets while we are largely confined to one area.

This is where you can help the most.

If you are interested in helping us hand out our tracts or talking to people about our side, either through the mic or individually, contact us or just show up on Mill and find us. We can’t have too many people, and the more people we have, the more fun we have.

We have been considering a foray into First Fridays territory in downtown Phoenix as well, and after hearing the latest reconnaissance from this month’s event, we intend to be there for the next one on December 5th. More information will be posted prior to the event, so hopefully we’ll see some new people there as well. If you live in Phoenix and don’t get down to Mill often, this may be the event for you.

ASU SFTS: November 2008 Meetings

November 7, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
November 14, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
November 21, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
November 28, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Starting at the meeting on the 14th we will be attempting to implement a new meeting format which should make them more enjoyable and provide more opportunities for everyone to cover any topics they want to discuss. This is a work in progress though, so if you have any ideas to make it better, we would love to hear them. We want our meetings to be as fun and productive as we can make them.

Beyond that, we are looking for ideas that will help get our inactive members involved. If there is something you think we should be doing that we’re not, let us know! If there is a project you think you can lead, bring it up at a meeting, on the forum, in e-mail or even at the table at ASU and we’ll see if we can help you make it happen.

At the moment we are involved in a food drive at ASU. This is an important cause, and a chance for us to start doing more tangible good in the community, so if anyone wants to help out with that, again, please let us know.

When we have more solid projects lined up they will be posted here and in the forum and sent out in e-mail, so keep an eye out for those, but remember, the best way to get a project you’re interested in to happen is to suggest one!

ASU SFTS: October 2008 Meetings

October 3, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 10, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 17, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 24, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Having a club table on campus almost every day last week, along with the crazy rantings of “Preacher JK” for two days, has brought us a large crop of new members. We intend to keep the table running as much as possible, and we will keep pushing to get more new members signed up and active in the group.

If you are a member or if you’re interested in joining, please let us know what you want to get out of the group. As we are currently in the process of re-forming, there is plenty of room for new members to help shape the direction the club will take in the future, so please participate!

We will be adding specific Halloween events as the month goes on and plans are finalized, but if you are interested in helping with the planning, please attend club meetings or talk to us on the forum!

ASU SFTS Religulous Screening

October 4, 2008
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

Members and friends of the Secular Free Thought Society of ASU are invited to attend the 4:30 PM showing of Religulous at Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, Arizona. We plan to be there by 4, and even earlier might be better since we want to get a large block of seats together.

Sadly it is just a regular public showing since we don’t have the extra money to rent out a whole theater for the group, so we all have to pay for tickets. On the bright side though, the ticket sales will support the development of future movies in this vein, so get as many people as you can to see it whether it’s with us or not!

Mill Avenue Resistance – October 2008

October 3, 2008
9:00 pm
October 4, 2008
8:00 pm
October 11, 2008
8:00 pm
October 18, 2008
8:00 pm
October 25, 2008
8:00 pm
October 31, 2008
6:00 pm

October is shaping up to be a good month. Not only do we expect an infusion of new blood through the Secular Free Thought Society’s recent recruitment drive, but we should also have some fun new projects and events coming to fruition this month.

If you’re interested in participating in any of our events, or the Secular Free Thought Society’s, keep an eye out and we’ll post them here for you.

The Friday night experiment has had some success, particularly due to the fact that the Friday night preachers just aren’t very good. They have also been there less consistently than the Saturday night brigade, so we may have less scheduled events on Fridays if they don’t show up often enough. We will still check for preachers, but if they’re not there then we probably won’t be either.

If you notice preachers on Mill or at ASU and you don’t see any of us there, please let us know when and where they are and we’ll see what we can do about it.

ASU SFTS: September 2008 Meetings

September 4, 2008
5:30 pmto8:30 pm
September 12, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
September 19, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
September 26, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

For the rest of the school year we plan to have meetings of the Secular Free Thought Society of ASU every Friday at 6 PM in the MU. So far the meetings are casual and mostly dealing with the initial setup of the club.

As the meetings become more organized and focused, we will start posting more specific agendas and topics for each meeting.

We are also expanding the Mill Avenue Resistance to include many if not all Friday nights after club meetings, so if you can’t make it to the official meetings, you’ll probably still find us on Mill later in the night.

Meeting rooms for the regularly scheduled club meetings will be posted online, but if you forget just look at the TVs inside the MU and they should show which rooms are assigned to which people. Here are our rooms for the rest of September:

  • 9/19/08- Room 238 MU
  • 9/26/08-Room 206 MU

We hope to see as many of you as possible, but if you can’t make it just keep an eye out for our other events which will also be posted here.

Mill Avenue Resistance – September 2008

September 6, 2008
8:00 pm
September 12, 2008
9:00 pm
September 13, 2008
8:00 pm
September 19, 2008
9:00 pm
September 20, 2008
8:00 pm
September 26, 2008
9:00 pm
September 27, 2008
8:00 pm

This should be an exciting month for the Resistance! We will have new people coming in, familiar faces coming back from a summer out of town, and we will begin implementing some of our new ideas that haven’t been publicly announced yet. It should be fun though, so show up if you can, or keep an eye on the site and we’ll post more about how it’s going!

If you’re concerned by the recent post about the preachers threatening to get restraining orders against us, don’t worry about it. They have no legal grounds to get a restraining order against us, and we’ve been doing this every week for nearly a year now. They have less than nothing against you!

All it shows is that we’re having an effect. They know that we’re getting more support than they are pretty consistently now, we can out-argue them any day on most subjects, and basically their inane ranting is getting them nowhere these days.

Unfortunately, they are splitting up more often now, and we can always use more people to cover the splinter groups, or even just to support the main Resistance group. Besides, the more people we have, the more fun it is!

Don’t forget that the first meeting of the re-formed Secular Free Thought Society of ASU is also coming up this Thursday (September 4th, 2008)! I hope we see a lot of people there. With your help, this can be a great school year for us!

ASU Secular Free Thought Society Version 2.0

September 4, 2008
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

This semester at ASU we will be restarting the Secular Free Thought Society. This is a group for people who are tired of being told how and what to think by the mass media and religious organizations that have infiltrated every level of American life.

If you have an open mind and want to meet others with similar viewpoints then we invite you to join us.

We will be planning various events throughout the year that include:

  • Countering the spread of narrow-minded religious thought
  • Various outings with other Secular/Atheist groups in the valley
  • The Mill Avenue Resistance
  • Fun Halloween and Winter Parties
  • Plus many more various events

To get more information on the group and how to connect with us, e-mail Brian.Key@asu.edu.

We hope to see you there and remember:

NEVER STOP THINKING!!!

Ok, so the first meeting has been tenativly set! W00T. It Will be Thursday, September 4th at 5:30PM. It will be in the MU Somewhere, so far, we will meet at Sparkey’s Den (The Arcade in the basement). I will have a room reserved before then, and that will be posted on this site, as well as the myspace and livejournal. Hope to see all the old faces again and plenty of new ones

Details on what will go on during the first meeting will come shortly!

Mill Resistance – August 2008

July 26, 2008
8:00 pm
August 2, 2008
8:00 pm
August 9, 2008
8:00 pm
August 16, 2008
8:00 pm
August 23, 2008
8:00 pm
August 30, 2008
8:00 pm

What is the Mill Resistance?

If you’ve been on Mill this summer, you probably know that it’s been a bit slow, and often less fun and interesting than it was in the spring, but that is going to change shortly.

Late August is when ASU’s classes start again, so in a few weeks we should be back to full strength, and beyond as we gain more new recruits!

That is not to say that we shouldn’t bother until then. The times when things are a little less crazy give us a good chance to hone our skills and make plans for the future! If you haven’t been coming out and you’re considering it, now would be a good time to start.